Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been discussing Unai Emery’s decision to pick Petr Cech over new £22 million signing Bernd Leno for the Gunners opening Premier League game of the season against Manchester City.
Most observers felt that Leno’s summer signing from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen would spell the end of 36-year-old Cech’s spell as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper.
However, Emery picked Cech for his sides season opener, despite 26-year-old Leno being much better suited to playing out from the back as the Gunners new Spanish insists his sides do.
Lehmann, who was part of the legendary “Invincibles” side and was up until recently part of the North London clubs coaching staff, has questioned whether fellow German Leno is ready for the step up required to play for a club like Arsenal:
“Arsenal is a big club. It’s a different style of game, a different expectation, and obviously a different competition,” Lehmann told Sky Sports Debate.
“Sometimes these guys aren’t used to that competition. I don’t know how he’s doing in training, but it tells you something if a guy who cost £20m, and has been chosen by the new manager, is not playing.
“That’s the strength of the squad, a misjudgement probably, but no-one knows because we are not there in training. We don’t know who the coaches like. If he tries a new player out, if not the other guy is playing. Bernd is a good ‘keeper, no doubt about that. The question is: can he show more than he did in the past? He must take more risks and continue his development. If he does that – good!”